“Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the belly of the fish, saying, “I called out to the LORD, out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice. … Then I said, ‘I am driven away from your sight; yet I shall again look upon your holy temple.’” Jonah 2:1-2,4 (Context: Jonah 1:1-2:10)
While suffering great distress, brought on by his own rebellion, Jonah cried out to God. The amazing thing is, God answered! God didn’t wait for Jonah to “get on the right path.” He answered while Jonah was on a journey of rebellion. Jonah didn’t even properly appreciate the kindness of God (Jonah 4:1-4) and yet God gave it! Jonah was comforted by God’s mercy and found hope in His grace, even when he didn’t understand it.
- In what ways do I tend to think I have to “figure things out” before I can cry out to God?
- God has given me a message of mercy. Who does He want me to share it with?